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Panama To Develop New Metro Subway System

by on Jul.30, 2012, under Travel

People from three outlying areas all try to enter Panama city center every weekday morning between 6 and 8 o’clock in the morning. Rapid population growth, high emissions from bus pollution and a lack of alternatives to private automobiles all point to an urgent need for an efficient public transportation system in Panama. Construction has begun on Metro Line One of Panama, the first subway to be built in Central America. It is due for completion in 2013 and it is planned to be open in 2014. Feasibility studies are under way for a second line.

Metro Line One will be open from early in the morning until midnight, seven days a week. It will be able to carry 40,000 passengers an hour. It will be roughly 14 km in length. Five of its eleven stations will be elevated. These will run between the southern terminus at Los Andes and a station at 12 de Octobre. Five other stations will be located underground and the eleventh will be a combination of the two.

The company that will manufacture the rolling stock is based in France. The first line will run from Allbrook at the northern end to the commercial of Panama City, Los Andes, in the south. Line One will divide the city into two halves. The journey time is expected to be 23 minutes from one end of the line to the other. There are proposals to build a ‘government city’ on the line around the stop planned at Curundu.

The actual railway line from which the track will be constructed has been successfully employed in Barcelona, Santo Domingo and other parts of the world. Stations will be unique in style and are planned to make extensive use of natural light. The trains will operate efficiently and make the most use of energy. The insides of the carriages are being designed to provide the passenger with a ride that is both safe and comfortable. Facilities are being planned for passengers with limited mobility.

The Metro subway will complement the Metrobus project which is already underway. It is hoped that the new buses will replace the iconic but overcrowded, dingy and aging private Red Devil bus line. The Red Devils appear to have been American school buses in a previous incarnation. They are iconic because of their cheeky graffitti style livery.

The Metro Line subway will be of direct benefit to long-suffering commuters who have been putting up with long journey times to work as a result of oppressive traffic congestion. Everyone in the urban area will benefit indirectly as a result of improved traffic flow. In parallel with the construction of the subway, there will be a realignment of the roads.

Temporary road closures were announced in June 2011 for road 12 di Diciembre and Via Simon Bolivar. This is to allow new water pipes to be installed. Throughout the closures, only residents, local shopkeepers and pedestrians will be allowed access. Work also began in May 2011 on the northern section of the subway.

The former Allbrook Air Force Base, now an international airport named after Marcos A Gelabert, is located near the northern terminus of the subway about one and a half kilometers west of the center of Panama City. Gelabert founded the first pilot training school here. Tragically, he perished in a plane accident and the airport is named in his honor.

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    The Tech Industry’s Vital Role In Environmental Change

    by on Feb.23, 2011, under China

    As we start to consider the Green Revolution, we frequently are inclined to think of tech companies as being leaders in the charge to change the world for the better. Together with digital devices, we salvage trees by using a lesser amount of paper, for example. Nonetheless, there are two sides to every coin, as the old saying goes, and it turns out that tech corporations do actually cope with darker environmental concerns, also.

    One key story that has come out lately involves one of the most popular & extensively beloved companies within the digital products realm, Apple. As outlined by Lance Whitney at (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20029036-37.html), the company has been combatting problems relating to its’ environmental impact since 2009. At that time, a supplier Apple worked with named Wintek was using a dangerous toxin called n-hexane in the touch screens it creates for iPods along with iPhones. This hazardous substance has been ended, however new worries now come from within Chinese government.

    The government of China went even further to nationalize many of its exceptional earth mines also. A statement by Michael Gorman at (http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/21/china-nationalizes-eleven-rare-earth-mines-for-environmental-and/) discovered that the company wants to cut back its exports of what are referred to as rare earths by 10% within the future. These materials are strip mined with the poisonous extra materials being dumped within Chinese rivers. This alteration in Chinese policy implies that many of these materials, used in the production of hi technology goods, will now cost more.

    Plainly, the technology industry does play a vital role within the wellbeing of our globe. Adjustments, environmental specialists say, may have to be made on every level if we want to keep our earth clean & in good health. Lots of products we like may not utilize much energy, but they contain the kind of unsafe metals and chemicals that eco friendly shopping bags in no way do. Each one of us has to make slight alterations & this is only one way to do that. We have to be leaders who show that a hybrid vehicle is great, although even a small step including using recycled grocery bags is a certain move forward.

    Educating individuals around us on the small things, like recycling or even mulching, that we can do to help is paramount today. We have to become able to reach through to people and denote how one change from even one percent of the globe’s inhabitants making an individual change will be seventy million changes, a gargantuan impact. Imagine this with recycled grocery bags and you see that’s literally millions of bags weekly saved.

    Although the technology industry is undoubtedly a frontrunner in helping us heal the earth, they also have to be careful. We need to bring about our own changes and never depend on companies to create those changes for us.

    Dean Prater is a greatly accomplished journalist talking about eco and sustainability matters plus extending the ideal to organizations to employ eco promotional products to portray mutually their trade name and recognition for this world.

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      Multinational Businesses Moving Into Panama

      by on Sep.07, 2010, under Travel

      The Panamanian economy has been expanding exponentially in recent years: and the government has reported rates of approximately 8.5 per cent growth per annum. With such strong economic expansion going on, it is no accident that there are more and more multinational and transnational companies that are shifting there and opening up offices in Panama and trade in the country.

      One of the reasons that companies are attracted to the country is that the banking system there is reliable and has not been subject to the closures and collapses that have been seen in many countries over the past couple of years. The stability that has been established there helps to give confidence to investors.

      Another reason that many companies are also coming to the country is that the canal is being expanded and the vast amount of resources and personnel that are required to make that happen and continue on schedule means that there are huge business opportunities for many global companies. In fact, the current expansions are larger than the original canal project back in the early twentieth century.

      For big trading companies it is important to realize that the country has the world’s largest merchant navy and fleet and they are likely to be getting even bigger in the near future with the expansion of the canal. In addition to this, the country is the second largest free trade area behind Hong Kong. In the Americas it easily takes the region’s crown.

      A further point to take into account when looking at why investment in the country is booming is that behind Hong Kong it is the largest free trade zone in the world. It also has the largest merchant navy and fleet internationally. There are also plans afoot to build five international airports in the country to facilitate the current demand and all for more flights to land and take off all the time.

      Aside from the structure and benefits that the national government is putting into place, there are geographical benefits to placing business headquarters in the country. It bridges north and south America, which means that businesses that are operational in both regions will have better access to their businesses on the ground and be able to monitor the operations of their businesses more closely and reduce costs. The country is not an earthquake prone zone and nor does it tend to suffer hurricanes or other natural disasters that are prevalent in South America or the Caribbean.

      Many companies are just starting to realize the opportunities that are available in the country and make moves to have their businesses take advantage of it. There will be more companies of just about every description coming to the country in the next few years thanks to the proactive policies of the government there.

      The Panama national government has begun to be proactive about encouraging businesses to come to the country and base their operations there or make investments. By making the business environment more amenable to the needs of big business, they have managed to secure strong economic growth that is the envy of many governments around the world. It is likely that this trend is going to continue for a long time to come and there will be more and more companies coming to Panama.

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